Dog Training Articles

Are you insecure about your ability to train a new dog? Do you already have a dog that you're having trouble training? This article may be the ticket! Keep reading for great tips to help train a dog to be a loyal companion.

All dogs need daily exercise and it can be an important part of your training efforts. Daily exercise shows your dog that he is a member of the family, as well as letting him know you are a strong leader. Exercise encourages his confidence and provides you with wonderful bonding opportunities.

Using a crate when you're not at home can be very effective, especially for a young puppy. The crate keeps your puppy safe and secure, and also protects your home from chewing and bathroom accidents. Your puppy can learn to feel comfortable and protected in his crate home while you are away.

To teach your dog to sit, gently push down on his behind as you give the verbal command "Sit!" and make a hand gesture with your palm facing down. Each time your dog sits successfully, even if you have to help him out, give him a treat and praise him. It is important that your dog know how to sit so that you can build on this command and eventually teach him to "Stay!"

When training your dog, reinforce positive behaviors in a positive way. You can use treats, toys, positive speech and even belly rubs. Don't ever yell at or hit your dog. It only abuses the dog and causes him to be even more disobedient. To get the best results from your Dog Training, you need to be firm and consistent, staying positive at all times.

To train a dog careful thought is required by the owner. Before beginning to train a dog one should plan out what their command words are going to be to be the most effective. Words that are not commonly used will help them stick out for the dog. If one knows another language that can also offer more words and sounds to use in training the dog.

Train your dog so that living together is fun for both you and your dog. Living with a dog should not be a hardship, but it can be if you don't take the time to research the type of training a dog understands. A dog does not think like a human, so learning how to train in a way they understand will make it easier for both of you.

One tip to keep in mind when training your dog is that it is important to ensure that your dog has all of his needs fulfilled. Your dog will not respond well to praise or punishment and will not be able to focus on learning skills, if he is not being well taken care of. Be sure to feed him well, shelter him comfortably and spend time playing with him.

Teach your dog to "look" up to you, literally! Your dog should learn how to check in with you regularly, so he makes your direction a priority. Having him "look" at you randomly gets him comfortable with eye contact, heeling, and sticking close to your side. It's an excellent way to establish a proper relationship!

If possible, begin training your dog when they are young. A skill that is taught early on is often learned faster and easier than a skill that is introduced at a later age. In addition, older dogs have often picked up quite a few negative behaviors over the course of their life; these behaviors must be undone before the training process can begin.

Make sure not to accidentally reward a dog for bad behavior. For example, if you let your dog into the yard when he barks, you're rewarding him by letting him outside for doing something you'd rather he didn't. Instead make sure only to let the dog outside when he quietly waits by the door, reinforcing good behavior.

Training is not a good time for punishing your dog. Do everything you can to cut off misbehavior before it happens, and if your dog does misbehave during training, you should show what what behavior you want to see, not punish your pet. Training is a time to teach and talk with your pet; the process is all about building a positive relationship.

When your dog exhibits undesirable behavior, do not send the wrong signals. If he thinks you are amused by his bad behavior, he is likely to repeat that behavior. This will seriously delay your training process and lead to quite a bit of frustration for you. No matter whether or not your dog is entertaining, you need to consistently correct them.

Don't wait any longer, get started on training your dog! Start applying these tips today. Dogs actually love knowing what you expect of them, and want to have the ability to follow commands you give them. All they nees is some direction on what to do. Give it a whirl!

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